IMAGE Screens has released its Cadre Manual Masque projection screen, a high-contrast masking system that has been designed to increase perceived contrast ratio and remove gray bars from 16:9 content.
Cinemascope content on a common 16:9 screen with top and bottom grey bars.
Cinemascope content on the new IMAGE Cadre Manual Masque (with masks open).
16:9 content on the new IMAGE Cadre Manual Masque (with masks closed).
“Full Cinemascope constant height imaging means potentially brighter images, wider and more immersive images, and higher resolution images," said StJohn Group’s director of sales, John Caldwell. "Custom installers will be able to immediately differentiate their business and expertise from big box stores when they show and sell cinema-based technology as reflected in Cadre Masque Screens by Image Screens, rather than TV-based technology. While projector technology will improve and a customer may replace a projector every few years, the projection screen should be the absolute best it can be regardless of the projector technology, so qualifying their customers for the right projection screen is essential.”
Four black velour configurations of the Manual Masque screens are available now from IMAGE Screens’ North American distributor, StJohn Group: the Cadre No. 1 Flat and Cadre No. 1 Curved Manual Masque screens, which feature a black velour, 3.15-inch radiused frame, and the Cadre Light and Cadre Light Curved Manual Masque screens, featuring a black velour 2.17-inch radiused frame.
Native Cinemascope screens are available in viewable screen widths up to 196 inches (16.3 feet) and have side panels that mask to 1.78:1 aspect ratio. According to the company, deep black masking panels assure a higher perceived contrast ratio and can be ordered acoustically transparent for customers who want to position speakers behind the screen. Available screen fabrics include numerous varieties of solid vinyl and five varieties of acoustically transparent screen material, including several 3D options.
For curved screens, IMAGE will custom curve any screen to the exact customer projector and lens configuration.